EIDHR Country-Based Support Scheme (CBSS) in Viet Nam: Call for Proposals 2011Funded by EuropeAid Co-operation Office - EuropeAID Location Viet Nam Status
NOTICEThis is a restricted Call for Proposals. In the first instance, only Concept Notes mustbe submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, applicants whose Concept Notes have beenpre-selected will be invited to submit a Full Application Form. Further to theevaluation of the Full Applications, an eligibility check will be performed for thosewhich are provisionally selected. This check will be undertaken on the basis of thesupporting documents requested by the Contracting Authority and the signed“Declaration by the Applicant” sent together with the application.BACKGROUNDThe European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)1 was adopted by the EuropeanParliament and the Council in December 2006 under the Financial Perspectives 2007-2013. This newfinancing instrument is the successor to the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights,established upon the initiative of the European Parliament in 1994. The EIDHR-instrument underscores thehigh priority which the EU attaches to developing and consolidating democracy, the rule of law, humanrights and fundamental freedoms. For third countries, with which the EU has contractual (development aid)relations, the EIDHR establishes the mechanism of Country-Based Support Schemes (CBSS). Under theEIDHR CBSS, periodic Calls for Proposals are organised with the objective of strengthening local civilsociety to better advocate the rights of interest groups. The EIHDR CBSS focuses on assisting civil societyto develop greater cohesion in working on human rights, political pluralism and democratic politicalparticipation and representation, as well as equal participation of men and women in social, economic andpolitical life. The overarching aim is to help civil society become an effective force for positive change. InViet Nam there is indeed wide scope for specific activities in the fields of gender equality, rights of ethnicminorities, the rights of workers, the right of the child, protection of people in vulnerable situations includingthe rights of migrants and the rights of persons with disabilities. The main added value of the EIDHR CBSSis that the scheme allows the funding of civil society actors without the need for government approval orconsent.In Viet Nam, the first EIDHR CBSS Call for Proposals was launched in late 2005 and periodic Calls havebeen organised since. Under the instrument, the EU Delegation to Viet Nam has signed grant contracts for atotal amount of over €3 million. In addition to the EIDHR, the EU Delegation to Viet Nam is active in thebroader field of strengthening good governance and the rule of law. For an overview of projects funded inthe democratic governance sector as well as the EU’s Country Strategy Paper for Viet Nam, kindly visit theDelegation’s website (http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/vietnam/index_en.htm).